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Blog: I’m guilty of pavement rage...
I hate to admit it, but I was guilty of a spot of pavement rage at the weekend.
I was negotiating a course along a narrow pavement bordering a busy road, but found it impossible due to small groups of people standing chatting or meandering at a snail’s pace without a care for those behind.
At one point a woman with a pram suddenly stopped, completely blocking the path, to retrieve a sausage roll from the bottom of her bag which she then broke up to feed to her child. A section of pavement became dangerously overcrowded, but she didn’t bat an eyelid.
At that moment I displayed both pavement and pram rage. Both are among the emotions exhibited by people in the run-up to Christmas. A survey found that the most annoying pedestrians, inciting rage as we go about our business, include dawdlers, tightly knit groups and people pushing prams.
I can offer up plenty more – and these are not only irritating at Christmas, but throughout the year: Women at petrol pumps who return to their cars after filling up, not even glancing at the long queue of cars waiting behind, who then proceed to do their make-up or fiddle about in their handbag for 10 minutes.
Impatient rail commuters who are unable to hang on for two minutes to allow passengers to disembark. I honestly can’t understand this – they can see people inside queuing to get off and people spilling out onto the platform, yet they insist of barging in to secure a seat ahead of everyone else.
Mobile phone users who are oblivious to all life beyond their keypad. It doesn’t matter where people are, what they are doing, or to whom they are talking, if the phone rings they will stop and start chatting into it or jabbing away at it. I was in a long queue at the building society the other day, while a women at the service desk stood texting a friend without a care for the poor man dealing with her transaction.
He simply had to wait until she had discussed what video game to buy for her son.
Bus travellers: At peak times, when people are travelling to work or to catch a train, is not the time to start chatting to the bus driver about timetable changes. Some people have no consideration at all, and will continue talking for some minutes.
Equally rage-inciting are those people who regularly produce £20 notes at 6am to pay a small fare, causing major headaches for the bus driver, and unnecessary delays.
And last but not least, my Christmas bugbear of people with millions of bags from posh shops, showing off as they wend their way back to their posh cars. But maybe that’s more jealousy than rage.
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